The central government has approved a plan to build 70 medical facilities for treating cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Saturday.
"There will be an increase in the number of patients suffering from cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in next 15 years. To deal with such diseases, we have formulated a policy to construct hospitals and cancer institutes," the minister told the media on the sidelines of a function here.
"The cabinet has approved a plan to set up 70 medical facilities," he said, adding that there was no cancer institute in the government sector. "Only the Tatas has one institute."
"We were first to bring changes to the Medical Council Act (MCI) Act, introduced in 1965, and its rules which resulted in increase of 75% doctors in speciality and super-speciality fields (MD seats)," he said.
Azad said six new super-speciality hospitals on the lines of AIIMS were being set up in the country apart from upgrade of some hospitals to super-speciality facilities.
Regarding the policy to provide medicare to new born, he said 27 crore children would be benefited under the scheme.